09/06/2011 5:32 PM ET
Curtis Granderson Of The New York Yankees Named The American League Player Of The Month For August
New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson has been voted the Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month for August. Budweiser, the official beer sponsor of Major League Baseball and sponsor of 24 of 30 clubs, is also the presenting sponsor of the American League and National League Player of the Month Awards.
Granderson batted .286 (30-for-105) 10 home runs, 29 RBI, five doubles, two triples and 29 runs scored in 28 games in August to win his first career monthly honor. The Illinois native paced the Major Leagues in runs scored and was tied for first overall in home runs with Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria and Atlanta's Dan Uggla. Granderson finished tied for first in the A.L. with teammate Robinson Cano in RBI, was third in walks (22), fourth in slugging percentage (.657) and seventh in the league in on-base percentage
(.423). Among his offensive highlights for the month, the University of Illinois at Chicago product had four hits, including a double, a triple, five RBI and two runs scored as New York defeated the Chicago White Sox, 18-7, at U.S. Cellular Field on August 3rd. The 2011 A.L. All-Star
established a new season high in RBI as the Yanks went on to sweep the South Siders in four games. On August 10th in New York, the 30-year-old went 2-for-3 with two home runs, four RBI and three runs scored to help lead the Yankees to a 9-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. With his two round trippers, the eight-year veteran established a new career-high mark, surpassing his previous best of 30
homers set with the Detroit Tigers in 2009. In the Yankees' August 25th game with the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium, Granderson helped etch the Pinstripers in the Major League record book when he launched an eighth-inning grand slam in a 22-9 rout of the A's. The slam marked the third of the game for New York (also Robinson Cano and Russell Martin), becoming the first team in baseball history to blast three grand slams in one game. On August 28th, the third round pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft went 3-for-5 with two homers and four RBI in an 8-3 victory over the O's in the second game of a doubleheader. It was Granderson's fourth multi-homer game of the season
and his second in the month of August. On the year, Granderson is pacing the Majors with 109 RBI and 126 runs scored, and he ranks second overall with 38 home runs and fourth with a .575 slugging percentage.
Among others receiving votes was teammate Cano (.345, 10 2B, 7 HR, 29 RBI); Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz (.411, 7 2B, 8 HR, 20 RBI); Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila (.360, 7 2B, 7 HR, 18 RBI) and first baseman Miguel Cabrera (.390, 2 HR, 16 RBI); and Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos (.324, 6 HR, 13 RBI).
The Budweiser Presents American League Player of the Month, Curtis Granderson, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for his accomplishment.